How to grow Monkey orange tree

Monkey orange tree grow and care – tree of the genus Strychnos also known as Strychnos spinosa, Monkey orange tree perennial deciduous plant that grow for the edible fruits, the plant drought tolerant for long period but need water to bear fruits, can grow in subtropical, tropic, mediterranean or desert climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and with the right care in hardiness zone 10a.

Leaves color green in oval shape.

Flower color yellow, small flowers grow in clusters.

Monkey orange fruit

Fruit edible, color of the peal green to yellow-orange, the shell strong and protect the fruits inside, the fruit soft and each fruit cover seeds, the seeds are strong and not edible, flavor resemble to shake of kiwi and banana, fruit harvesting it’s collecting from the ground no need to pick up from the trees.

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How to grow Monkey orange tree growing and care:

Well-drained soil, male and female tree or just female that don’t need male tree to bear fruits,

How to care:
Increase the water in the fruits season, when the tree young important to cover with mulch

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds (sow and care explanation bellow) / Air layering / Cutting

Is it necessary to graft?
Yes in order to get fruits need male and female possible to graft on the same tree, also possible to graft female that can bear fruits without male, fruit can be more juicy and bigger

Difficulties or problems when growing:

When is the best time to plant?
Spring in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12+, in hot summer above 40C better not to plant in the summer

How to plant:
Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 20-40%, put in the hole organic matter, and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, better that the soil will be well ventilated, put the plant and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant and cover it and don’t push the soil too much strong but not too much lightly, after planting put mulch to keep moist on soil, put small amount of water do not over water, for the next two weeks put every 2 days (better in the morning) ,

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Winter / Spring

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant:
2-5 m, 80-200 inches, 6-15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Average growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Planting in pot need to be at least 60-100L (16-26 gallons), need to keep the tree small, grow it as shrub or as bonsai, better to start with pot that 20% bigger than the root ball until the plant arrive to the desirable size of container, wouldn’t be recommend to start from big container on small tree, the plant not react well to overwater, every few years to switch the soil with big container there is no need to switch all just switch part and cut some of the roots ball (can switch from the side and the top of the pot), making enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil ventilated and maybe mix of sandy soil with other parts, don’t use bottom for the pot

Blooming information

Bloom season?

General information about the flower:
Small yellow flowers grow in clusters.

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:
Winter / Spring

Fruits pests or diseases:
If not collected on time, rats, mice and worms

What can be done with big quantities of Monkey orange fruit?
Eat raw, jams, juice

Work requirements on the fruit:
Collect from the ground, if need to use for other things than to eat raw need to take the fruit from the seeds

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-5 years

Ripening of fruit:
When fruits fall not always they ready to eat need to wait until the fruit will be ready

How to grow Henna plant seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow doesn’t require much

Saving and care seeds until sowing:
Dry and dark location, ignore the recommend to keep it in the refrigerator because the plants dislike low temperature

Sowing season:
Spring or autumn will be give better result and in hardiness zone 10a only spring

How to plant:
Need to be soil with good drain that not keep the water, just let them flow down

Planting spacing:
Better in different pots, but possible as shrub 2*2m (6*6 feet) and as tree 3*3m (10-10 feet)

Depth of Sowing:
3-5cm (1-2 inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Full sun, with lightly moist soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water, lightly moist and do not overwater

Germination time:
3-10 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Water the seedling and let it dry between watering

Scientific name:

Strychnos spinosa

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Jams
Flower colors
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Spring Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Perennial plant
  • Vine
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13